Reenactments in conversation: Gaze and recipiency

Sandra A. Thompson, Ryoko Suzuki

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Abstract

In a reenactment, a speaker re-presents or depicts a previously occurring event, often dramatically. In this article we examine the role of gaze in reenactments in conversations from Japanese and American English. Following Goodwin in viewing a reenacted story as ‘a multi-modal, multi-party field of activity’, we show how tellers’ and recipients’ gaze during reenactments is deployed to achieve specific interactional ends. We argue that there are two layers of activities involved in doing reenacting – a) the habitat of the original event; b) the habitat of the reenacting event, including the dynamics of gaining appreciative recipiency – and show how they are interwoven in the joint production of a reenactment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-846
Number of pages31
JournalDiscourse Studies
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 27

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Keywords

  • Conversation
  • English
  • gaze
  • gesture
  • Japanese
  • recipiency
  • reenactments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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Reenactments in conversation : Gaze and recipiency. / Thompson, Sandra A.; Suzuki, Ryoko.

In: Discourse Studies, Vol. 16, No. 6, 27.12.2014, p. 816-846.

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Thompson, Sandra A. ; Suzuki, Ryoko. / Reenactments in conversation : Gaze and recipiency. In: Discourse Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 16, No. 6. pp. 816-846.
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